Patience, young padawan
Use the Force: Upcoming BookPeople literary camp seeks to foster reading via theJedi Path
The appeal of the Star Wars universe and mythos hasn’t worn off over several generations — the series is still going strong, even years after the last film bowed in theaters. It’s a classic story of Good vs. Evil that many parents nowadays pass down to their children like legends of old.
Now, today’s hopeful Jedi initiates can get their chance to live the fantasy world of lightsaber duels and Force powers in a weekend that many parents wished they had when they were introduced to George Lucas’ creation.
From Feb. 18-20, BookPeople will be hosting a new twist on its imaginative literary camps, bringing to life the worlds of popular children's and young adult literature. Their Jedi Training Camp takes its inspiration from the novelizations of the popular animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Like previous literary camps, the hope is to cultivate a love of reading and creativity by immersing the Jedi initiates, ages 6-16, into the era of the Clone Wars.
How will the young readers learn more about this universe? Through some creative role-playing, camp-goers will learn the ways of the Force through the study of Jedi meditation, strategy and field operations — and through some special training sessions of classic lightsaber duels, of course. The rest of the time will be filled with some Jedi tabletop games, arts, crafts and storytelling for anyone who comes up with their own tales that take place in a galaxy far, far away.
And don’t expect that these Jedi knights in training will be cooped up inside all day, since the day camp will primarily take place in the nearby scenic McKinney Falls State Park. It only makes sense that Jedi would want to train in the most pristine natural settings, or at least in any place that isn’t a swamp on Dagobah.
It’s pretty much a weekend that many adult Star Wars fans could only dream of having. And if there is anyone who fits the age requirement that wishes to take part in this Jedi Training Camp, they better act fast to register since spots are now very few and limited.
Even if the opportunity is missed this time, there still might be hope that the camp could one day return to bring the dreams of more kids to life.
One should never underestimate the power of the Force.